California: fires rage

2008-07-06 00:00

A firefighter watches as a brush fire burns out of control in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Goleta, California, on Saturday. Yesterday, cooler and almost windless weather helped weary firefighters as they continued to battle amost 300 fires burning around the state. ‘

The firefighters are stretched thin, they are exhausted’, and some have gone days without sleep, said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fires have burned more than 2 070 square kilometres of land and destroyed at least 69 homes throughout California in the past two weeks. One firefighter died of a heart attack while digging fire lines.

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